Alan Shearer has declared he is “certain” either Liverpool or Manchester City will lift the Premier League trophy come the end of the season.
The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday evening, with Gabriel Jesus equalising in the first half after Mohamed Salah’s opener from the penalty spot.
The Reds were arguably the happier of the two sides with a draw, as Kevin De Bruyne missed a penalty and Jurgen Klopp’s men tired after the interval.
Early indications suggest the title race is going to be far more open this campaign compared to recent seasons, with the Foxes, Spurs and Chelsea all impressive during their first eight matches.
But Premier League-winner Shearer cannot look past City or Liverpool – who between them have won the league for the last three seasons – for this term’s title.
“I still see Liverpool and Manchester City as the standout teams in the Premier League and think one of them will win the title – but Leicester and Tottenham might have something to say about that,” Shearer wrote in his BBC column.
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” Southampton also spent some time on top of the table over the weekend and it is pretty refreshing to see some different teams up there.
“It certainly keeps things interesting and it’s something that might last a bit longer too.
“The big thing that has stood out already about this season is how unpredictable it has been compared to previous years. Every team has had at least one bad day – including all of the sides I have just mentioned.
“That makes it exciting, and I don’t see it changing anytime soon, partly because of the intense schedule and the number of injuries that clubs are going to have to cope with – which is turning into another common theme.”
Giving his final verdict, Shearer added: “They [Liverpool] can still terrify teams when they pour forward and, like City, they are not going away anytime soon.
“This season may be unpredictable, but one of them will end it as champions, I am certain of that.”
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